Wednesday, November 21, 2012

thanks and giving

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. 

Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” 

~roald dahl

from a few cheerios.

 to share with a friend.

as we go through the next days of thanks and giving, 
may we remember to fill our hearts and minds with the wonderful surrounding us
and be thankful for all of it, every little bit.   
be authentic.  be passionate.   
be exactly who you are.  
share your magic.  
breathe all those little breaths of happy.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

scenes from sandy

before the coming of sandy, i finished my longest run to date.  i took a picture to remember the day and to show off my cool sleeves.  it was a pretty awesome 18 miles.  i was ready to taper and then on to the nyc marathon.

 then sandy came.  as anticipated, we lost power.   hurricanes take us back to the prairie life, but thankfully without nelly (well, she is always lurking...we all have a nelly).   fires at night to keep warm.  and some mobile pics for the blog.... 
we had necessities....  candles, flashlights, itouches, ipads, and phones.  the only thing that lasted were the flashlights and candles.

some reading by the morning fire. 

 and then, again, no school.  just cold.  but still blessed.

lost track of surrendered...fridge and freezer clear and uncluttered.... 

 keeping warm and fed at our favorite watering hole.... 

 then on the seventh day there was power....  and one brand new box of waffles..

and then the postponed (quite chilly) halloween....


oh, and throw in election day. 
 then the snow came. 

and came....

the neighborhood squirrel fared well from single-handedly eating all the waffles and bread from our freezer.  he needs an intervention and perhaps a good pair of running shoes.
i got these sneakers in september on the dawn of my four week summer bronchitis...  i wanted to keep them for after the marathon.
rather, i wore them for the first time after darkness.
it's always brighter after darkness...

Thursday, November 15, 2012

suck it, sandy

In every winter's heart there is a quivering spring
and behind the veil of each night there is a smiling dawn.
~kahlil gibran

winter came early in these parts.  she came in the form of a hurricane named sandy.  she brought us darkness and cold.  but she also brought us humbleness and a kind of calm we haven't appreciated in a quite some time. 

the last few weeks have been a whirlwind.  a bitch of a hurricane.  no power.  postponed halloween.  a badly timed nor'easter.  a complete emptying of the lifeless fridge and freezer.  many school-less days.  gas rationing.  a presidential election.  and a very controversial new york city marathon.

by friday of marathon week we had been without power for almost five days.  it was a blessing to have only lost our power and have no heat while so many others in our surrounding areas had lost so much more.  we listened to the radio (the one with the old fashioned batteries) in the mornings and q 104.3 would keep us updated on the goings on as a result of the storm since those of us on the prairie had no tv.   each day they spoke about the status of the marathon and each day i wanted to run less and less.    

there was no shortage of devastation, especially on staten island and down the shore in new jersey.  fires were burning in new york neighborhoods and people were found dead in their houses and drowning in their basements.  the beach communities where many of us vacationed since we were little were blown away and torn apart by the wrath of sandy,  

i woke up friday and made my decision to defer until next november.  i made my phone call and wrote my facebook status (from jeff's office because we still were without power). 
i just can't see running through the streets of nyc this sunday while there are many people still suffering and devastated by this storm. i deferred and am now looking forward to running 26.2 next november.
by friday afternoon my friends at q 104.3 announced that the marathon was finally cancelled.  and ING sent out this message to the runners:
The City of New York and New York Road Runners announce that the 2012 ING NYC Marathon has been canceled. While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of disagreement and division. We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event — even one as meaningful as this — to distract attention from all the critically important work that is being done to help New York City recover from the storm. New York Road Runners will have additional information in the days ahead and we thank you for your dedication to the spirit of this race. We encourage runners who have already arrived in New York City to help with volunteer relief efforts.
my friend, terry the amazing writer, ( ) sent me this message:
And hey didn't you call it first about the Marathon. YOU knew before they did that it just wouldn't be right !

i've been asked if i was disappointed that the race was cancelled.  i can honestly say no.  i don't think it was a time for celebrating in the new york city streets.  and all the energy could be used elsewhere to help all those in need.   could it all have been handled differently, absolutely.  but that's a discussion for another day.
as for the training, none of it was wasted. 
i am a runner.  and i love it.  i find peace in running.  so those 12, 13, 15, 18 mile long runs were hardly wasted.   each mile is all part of my journey, regardless of  the finish line, because i am going to keep going anyway.  sandy took away my running mojo for too many days but i'm embracing that peace again.  behind the veil of all the darkness is that smiling dawn.   and damn, is it good.

26.2 nyc....2013. 

lifting the veil, by nail polish artist... jessica

Today, be grateful. Be grateful for your favorite music, for movies that make you feel good, for your phone that connects you with people, for your computer, and for the electricity that lights up your life. Be grateful for air travel that
flies you everywhere. Be grateful for the roads and traffic lights that keep the traffic in order. Be grateful for your pet, for your child, for your loved ones, for your eyes that enable you to read this. Be grateful for your imagination. Be grateful that you can think. Be grateful that you can speak. Be grateful that you can laugh and smile. Be grateful that you can breathe. Be grateful that you are alive! Be grateful that you are You! Be grateful that there are two words that can change your life.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

From The Secret Daily Teachings by Rhonda Byrne